Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Still makes me shake my head (and yes, grit my teeth a little) though. I still wonder how many of his apologists would have jumped on the redemption bandwagon if he had committed multiple violent crimes against people. Who knows? Perhaps he would have had more supporters, since there certainly seems to be a definite lack of empathy for humans nowadays. But what if it had been crimes against children? Would the fan base have forgiven that? Would any child advocacy group have seized the opportunity to use Vick's behavior as a media platform?
My parents always taught me never to wish evil on anyone, no matter who they are. Decades later, I still hear their voices in my head every time I am about to wish that Mr. Vick would just break a leg or something and have to sit out football season. So I won't wish that. Sigh.
And I admit it, I'm jealous of Michael Vick. $100 million dollars is a lot of money! I spent years in school, am a hard worker and never hurt anyone in my life... but I am never going to see anywhere near that kind of money. Ever. Really just isn't fair. I know, life isn't fair. Sigh.
So maybe I will just make a direct appeal to the football star-turned-felon-turned-football-star-again (not that he is ever going to see this blog):
Please just go away. Take your money and enjoy your second chance. You got everything you wanted, now please just go away. You can play football, but you don't need to speak at press conferences. You don't have to make public appearances. You don't need any more media of any sort. Just GO AWAY.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
As the Houston Chronicle reports, the appellate panel said the truck stop owner should have been present at the May hearing...
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Read more in The Christian Science Monitor...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Not that anyone who knows anything about the history of PETA's shock-and-awwwww campaigns was going to be surprised by the news. But it does have people around the world wondering: Is this still about animal rights?
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Check out this item in the ABA Journal... (and don't miss the third comment...)
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thomas Russell III describes watching a police officer shoot his canine “best friend” two years ago as “the scariest thing I ever saw.”
On Thursday, a U.S. District Court jury decided Russell, 20, and his family deserved to be compensated for the Feb. 27, 2009, police search of the family’s South Side home during which “Lady,” the family’s black Labrador, was shot dead. The jury awarded the family about $300,000.
Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times...
(Note: this story doesn't say whether any of the damages were for the actual value of the dog herself, as opposed to the NIED claim for the person. Nonetheless, even an NIED recovery where the underlying harm was injury to an animal is (I believe) the first time that's happened in an Illinois case. Congrats to the plaintiff's attorney(s), and if anyone knows who they are, please let me know!)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
At any rate, read more from KDAF-TV in Dallas. Even typically conservative Fox News doesn't seem to have much compassion for the First Amendment-pushing "game"...
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Read the rest of Peter Singer's commentary in The Globe and Mail...
(And thanks again to blog reader Bruce for the heads up!)